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Christmas Workshop - Used Book Ornaments

Posted on October 16, 2016 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)



This November I will be holding a Christmas Workshop at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre. Using old paperbacks and hardcover books, we will be making cute little snowmen, tiny Christma trees, star tree toppers as well one or two ornaments. These can be embellished with a little paint or even some glitter (bad, bad, bad, I know!! but it's Christmas).


For info and to register, click here


Christmas in July

Posted on July 6, 2016 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

These past few days I've been dreaming of a white and COLD Christmas because the heat here in Ottawa is melting my brain! To keep cool, I'm using my mind and what better way than watching out for inspiring holiday projects to make. Besides I need the time to gather up material and stuff to recycle to make things for that wonderful festive time.


Well, this year it seems that the colour theme for Christmas 2016 pastel or white, which is okay with me. So I searched out some projects using this colour theme and I found a few you might enjoy - and I might even make.


Gift Wrap



This gift wrapping idea is from Sostrene Grene, an online shop specializing in mostly paper goods. Danish sisters Anna and Clare have a nice little catalogue that displays their products. This pastel theme idea would be easy copy using giftwrap and/or ribbons leftover from previous events and celebrations. Nice - and, for me, no trip to the mall will be required. Lots of great ideas for Christmas decorating at this site, too.


For ways to wrap your gifts like a professional, the folks at Hallmark have got you covered. Click here.


Christmas Stars



Aren't these stars gorgeous? Anu over at her website, Nalle's House, has a nice tutorial for these stars and even provides a template so you can make your own. I definitely will rummage through my paper horde and see what I have that I can use to make these twinklies. It's a very nice site so enjoy your visit. 


Garlands, Rosettes, and Snowflakes



An all-in-one idea - again the pastel theme is strong here and, bonus, all the projects are simple and economical to make using what you have in the way of paper. The polka dot garlands are simply circles of paper and would be easy enough for any child to create. For instructions to make these garlands, click here


Snowflakes are always fun to make. For an easy tutorial for you (or your kids) to make snowflakes, visit our lady Martha here.  


Large or small, colourful paper rosettes are another festive idea that can be used for any holiday or celebrations. For how-tos, click here


Again - check out what you've got in the paper department before heading for the shops. You can save a bundle. The above photo comes from here.


Paper Tree Ornament



This is definitely on my to-do list just because I love some easy that looks so elegant! You can find instructions for this cute little tree ornament here.


Linen and Gauze Wrapped Christmas Ornaments



Apparently these are actually covered in burlap and linen strips but they look like linen and gauze to me and that is what I would use if I had the fabric. Since I don't, I will need to find another way to recreate these. Hmmm - gauze - I may have some in my medicine cabinet. I found these at Fresh Designpedia but originally the holiday ornaments were sold on Etsy. I couldn't find the actually seller - and I suspect these are gone by now! 


You can make your own following this tutorial. 


Christmas Recycling - Happy Holiday Wreath

Posted on December 23, 2015 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)


A quick trip to my local church charity shop  to find some inspiration and a few last minute ornaments instead scored me a bag full of copper wire scouring pads. Wow, what a find - but once I got home I realized that I had nothing I could use these to clean - all my pots and pans require gentle hand washing and I couldn't possible use them to clean my Pyrex glass baking and serving dishes. So, of course, I made a wreath.  While watching my favourite Scrooge DVD, I unravelled some of the pads - not as simple as I thought but I persevered and had a bundle of copper wire ready for wreath making. Did you know that these are actually knitted together?


I wish all a Happy Christmas and an amazing and eco-friendly New Year.



More Christmas Real Estate

Posted on December 3, 2015 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)



It seems quite a few of you have a bit of Bob the builder in you as I've had requests for more Christmas houses. You just can't seem to get enough of these sweet holiday decorations and, I admit, they do look nice when a few are grouped together. There are tons of Christmas putz house templates out there - the drawback to a lot of them is that you need to decorate these and who has time? But there are many that you can simply print out, glue on to your recycled cardboard and voilà - your're done. Note that a few of those listed below are actually meant as gift boxes but would easily work as little house decorations.


Row Housing



These were designed by Gabrielle Blair, the talent behind Design Mom as gift boxes. And, okay, these do require a bit of a paint job, but, hey, the template comes with a cute little wreath for the front door! Click here for template and instructions.


Suburbia



Yup, more gift boxes which again look just like little putz houses. These are from Design is Yay! and come ready to use once assembled.  Wita, the site's owner offers loads of free printables for all occasions. She's even got Christmas tree templates that you can print out and make to go with her little houses.


Get the info for these houses here.


Upmarket Parisien Dwelling



This one from a French website Sanglota is a bit more upscale but ooh, la, la. It's easy to cut out and assemble because it's a simple rectangle form you can paste on a box - would make a nice gift wrap as well. There are loads of other free printables at this site - Alice and JB are the creative team that make up Sanglota! 


Check out these Parisien beauties here.


Two-Stories Plus Attic




If you like your houses a bit bigger, the template for this one can be downloaded from Lutz Kaspers Papiermodelle. It's a German site but you won't need to read any instructions as the template is fairly clear about how to assemble this model. You'll have to scroll way down to find it but it's worth it! There are a few other models (a ship) that would be fun to make if you are so inclined. This little building would make a great dollhouse if you increase the size of the template.


Click here for the house template.


Non-edible Gingerbread House



None of the above have much to do with recycling unless you glue the printouts to any cardboard you have in your recycling bin. However, this one from the delightful blog, The House that Lars Built, is made using cardboard boxes - you know you've got some.  Brittany Watson Jepsen, the blog owner, explains how you can turn any plain old cardboard box into a cute little gingerbread house. Lots of good photos to follow. She also has info there where you can get free coupons for something but I didn't read it all.  You do have to decorate this one but you only have to have a chalkboard or felt pen to do it.


This is a great site and you may spend some time there. By the way, you can get free boxes (if you don't have your own) from any store. I got three today from a local gift shop.


Click here for Brittany's instructions.


TIP: Most of these houses print out on letter sized paper: i.e., 8 1/2" x 11". A nice size for an ornament - however, if you want a bigger model, increase the print or copy size to 140 percent to print out on 11" x 17" paper.